California

Watts Towers

You can see the Watts Towers in the centre of our thumbnail with shadows extending to the north. Compared to some of the towers we’ve previously featured, they look a bit, well, crap. However, those other towers are all constructed…

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Thursday, 8th December 2005

Salvation Mountain & Slab City

Salvation Mountain is an ongoing project of Leonard Knight, who has built and hand decorated the 3-storey “mountain” (I think it’s really just a hill) for nearly two decades. The hill is created out of adobe, straw and many gallons…

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Wednesday, 30th November 2005

Iowa Class Battleships

The last battleships ever built by the United States are known as “Iowa class” and were named after the states of Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Iowa. The four ships were built in the 1940s and between them have served…

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Well if they’ve got one…

It’s tough keeping up with the Joneses… In this Californian community the latest trend is apprently having a tennis court in your back garden. It doesn’t seem that this is an isolated case either, tennis court communities are springing up…

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Friday, 18th November 2005

SS Palo Alto

Originally built for WWI (although not completed before the war ended), the SS Palo Alto is an oil tanker unusually built using concrete. After sitting in dock for years doing nothing Palo Alto was permanently grounded at Seacliff State Beach…

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Wednesday, 16th November 2005

Vincent Thomas Bridge

Spanning the LA Harbour is the Vincent Thomas Bridge. At full zoom the shadow on the striking green water gives a very good detail of the bridge’s shape. Thanks: Dan

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Friday, 21st October 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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